some crystal Tom's i am a park ranger for Queen Anne's County and I am stationed at terrapin Park Terrapin park is located on kent island in the town of Stevensville we have a great picnic area has a few picnic tables and some barbecues you can come down here with a family and have a little cookout we also have some meadow areas which are great for seeing like birds songbirds and foxes and rabbits and deer and things of that nature and then we have to saltwater marsh areas brackish water marsh areas that are good for wading birds like herons and egrets and red-winged blackbirds and we have the beach area so you can go swimming and then there's a fishing beach so you can go fishing out there catch some rockfish and there's a four mile trail system here so if you want to take a bike ride or go for a hike it's a great place to go part of the cross island trail tour yep it connects to the cross island trail this is the point on the trail down here at terrapin park where if you go this way there's about a four mile trail that goes around past the beach and a lot of the amenities and the meadows and the different areas and comes back around to the parking lot if you go this way on the trail this is the cross island trail and you can ride this all the way up to kent narrows where some of the restaurants are and some different things you can take your pets on it walk with the family ride bikes just can't take any motorized vehicles so we also have a freshwater pond right adjacent to the park it's not very far at all it is a stocked pond where you can go fishing and you can do capture and lease there's also a lot of turtle species there is a huge snapping turtle that I've seen a few times and often i'll see you at eagle there or some osprey even and like i said more wading birds do you need to have a fishing license like a maryland state fishing license too yes efficient either places down here yep you do the swimming area has a great view you can see the Bay Bridge all the way over to the western shore you can see fairies and boats going by it's actually really cool i saw a cruise ship last weekend so it's a great view down there and the beach is a swim at your own risk but it's great beach to go to a lot of kids and families come here often and go swimming and it's really nice we have a huge meadow in the back of the park and it is technically what we would call early successional habitat where you're going to find a lot of grass eating species such as deer and cottontails and you'll find a lot of song birds that migrate here like warblers and verdes and chickadees and stuff of that nature and it's a really great habitat for butterflies and bees and different types of insects yep there's a often a few people here trying to check some birds off of e birds we have one guy in particular who likes to watch the herons and egrets over by them saltwater marshes and everything the park is open from sunrise to sunset pretty much we give you like a half-hour window after the sunset just to try to get out of the park and if you want to watch the sunset to watch it and then skedaddle we have a board here at the parking lot area that has a map and it'll show you where you are and how far the trail goes and i'll show you markers that we have around the park to show you how far you've gone and how far you can go things of that nature so Phil you mentioned something about these signs down here at the party remember yes it was an Eagle Scout project back in late 2014 early 2015 Jeffrey mayor placed 15 of these informational signs all on the walking trail here at terrapin park it's all based on environmental and a the weather conditions and the human relation to the environment but we've done to create some hazards and what things we've done it to make improvements today you're going to take some kids out on a tour yep some kids from the Recreation Department of queens county is coming down to go for a little tour around the park I'm going to take them around the whole thing we're going to go around the meadow area the woods area and down the fishing beach and swimming beach and then through the salt marsh area that's this is a great way for kids to learn about the wildlife of Maryland yeah and the plants too i'll do a little bit of things with plants because we don't really see too much wildlife during the day but i'll point out some birds and maybe we'll see some snakes or turtles or something snakes yeah like that yeah I'll talk about some native plant species but I also talked to them about some invasive species that we have here too and what an invasive species is and what they can do to help with invasive species to try to keep native plants here and healthy and to help the ecosystem here find out more about recreation programs by going on the web to Parks and Rec org that's parks the letter and RAC org
Terrapin Park by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Kent Island is a hidden gem. Great place to get outside for the day, sit on the beach, go fishing, take a hike. To learn more about your great parks in Queen Anne’s County go to www.qac.org and search parks or call 410-758-0835. Thanks for watching QACTV
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